Connexin is building a state of the art £5m data centre, which has been specially designed to accelerate Hull in its race to become one of the UK’s leading smart cities. When the facility opens in December it will create 60 new jobs including engineers, technicians, sales staff and event managers who will invite schools to use the space for learning about how the internet works. The new data centre – called CXNDC – is a 200+ rack facility, designed to ‘tier-3’ reliability specifications and will bring more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region.
Connexin has applied for planning permission with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to develop the facility on a 1.2-acre site at Bridgehead Business Park and has approached the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s funding programmes for support with the project costs. The data centre will offer businesses the option of managed or co-located facilities. Most of the centre’s capacity has already been acquired by business customers in the region, but more is being added and the facility is open for new business enquiries.
Since Connexin won a key 10-year city centre wifi contract with Hull City Council, the company has expanded its work with local authorities across the UK and has rapidly become a leader in the smart cities sector.